A Tomorrow Called Hope

As a teacher, I always thought my first job was to create a safe space for all. If I was successful at that, then some learning on my students’ as well as my part could take place. I can’t tell you how amazed I was to see that the great Jesuit teacher of our day, Pope Francis agrees. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised though, we had the same teacher.

Pope Francis in his April, 2017 TED Talk, Why the only future worth building includes everyone, tells us how to create this safe space, this safe world. We do this, Pope Francis tells us by understanding that none of exist except with each other, “none of us is an island”. Secondly, Pope Francis shares his dream of a world that recognizes that life is really about, loving one another. A life of love gives us a tomorrow called hope. Finally, he talks about a revolution that needs to take place, “the revolution of tenderness”.

This distilled version does no justice to the loving, hopeful version Pope Francis shares in his TED Talk.

Dan O’Donnell

Dan O’Donnell, a layman has covenanted with the Chicago Community. In addition to the standard covenant, Dan promises to work at connecting all partners known and unknown, to a conscious following the the way of Jesus, the way of the cross which Dan believes transforms all failure, democratizing the human journey

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May You have a Poor 2014

Social psychologist Paul Tiff in this TED Talk demonstrates the science of why it is important to choose poverty over riches. St. Paul of the Cross knew why intuitively, as did St. Francis of Assisi and as does Pope Francis today. St. Paul of the Cross spoke of wanting to call his Congregation (Community in common parlance) “The Poor of Jesus” Enjoy this twenty-minute video and see for yourself what you probably know, but if you are like me, need to be reminded of periodically. May you have a poor and compassionate 2014.